In the article "Five Good Reasons to use Science Notebooks" by Joan Gilbert and Marleen Kotelman published in Science and Children magazine (NSTA) 2009 the authors pinpoint five points:(To see the full article go to my documents web page link.)
- Notebooks are Thinking Tools - encourages students to use writing for thinking and empowers them to become active in their own learning.
- Notebooks Guide Teacher Instruction - they give teachers access into students' thinking - what they do and do not understand, what misconceptions they have and the organizational skills they are using.
- Notebooks Enhance Literacy Skills: they offer numerous opportunities to develop and enhance students communication skills, written, visual and oral.
- Notebooks Support Differentiated Learning: they provide a structure and support for all students to achieve.
- Notebooks Foster Teacher Collaboration: teachers need to work with others to work toward agreed-upon goals
That's all for now. Gotta run!